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How to get FREE CEUs!

During this unprecedented time, we know that many music therapists are out of work and finances are tight.
Grieving normalcy is both helpful and needed. Be sure to take time for yourself when you can.

When you feel you have the time, energy, and capacity, this can be a great time to earn FREE continuing education credits. The CBMT recently released an awesome chart to help MTs easily navigate their new system for earning CMTE credits! Check it out when you can. We have curated a list below of all potential FREE options that can be found on the aforementioned chart.

We hope this helps you as you navigate your new normal. Hang in there, friends! Collectively, music therapists are creative, resilient, and a little stubborn… 😉 We’ll get through this!

WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES/INDEPENDENT LEARNING:

     I. Online Training with CBMT Approved Providers:

    • What: May or may not be specific to music therapy
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Approved Provider Opportunities”
    • Create + Keep: Certificate of Completion
    • Credits: 1 Credit per 50 minutes (up to 100 allowed in a 5-year cycle)

     II. Other Online Training:

    • What: May or may not be specific to music therapy; trainings on Zoom, Doxy.me, Small Business Support etc
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Other Continuing Education Opportunities”
    • Create + Keep: Written summary + Proof of attendance
    • Credits: 1 Credit per 50 minutes (up to 100 allowed in a 5-year cycle)

     III. Reading Professional Publications:

    • What: Read and review journals, textbooks, online resources, etc. Does not have to be music therapy specific, but may be about a specific population, technique, etc.
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Read and Analyze Current Professional Publications”
    • Create + Keep: Written Summary + Full Reference Citation
    • Credits: 2 Credits per Journal article or book chapter (up to 100 allowed in a 5-year cycle)

PRESENTATIONS:

     I. Create a Workshop/Course/Concurrent Session:

    • What: Create an online in-service for your co-workers (present now online, or wait until you are all together again!); begin writing a concurrent session for a future conference and get everything together NOW so that you are ready when the call for proposals comes out; pull together a small group of professionals to participate in a round-table discussion or a symposium
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Presentations”
    • Create + Keep: Written Summary + Proof of Delivery
    • Credits: 10 Credits per 50-150 minutes of delivery; 30 credits for more than 150 minutes of delivery

PUBLICATIONS/WRITINGS:

     I. Music Composition:

    • What: Create new music! We’re great at this! Write and compose songs for yourself or your clients
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Music Composition”
    • Create + Keep: Written Summary + Musical Score + Audio Recording
    • Credits: 5 Credits per composition (up to 50 allowed in a 5-year cycle)

     II. Apply for and Receive a Grant:

    • What: Apply for a program grant! This may be something you have wanted to do but have not had time to do it. Now is the time! Research what is out there and apply! You could get awarded funding AND get continuing ed!
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Grant Awards”
    • Create + Keep: Written Summary + Letter of Award
    • Credits: 10 Credits for less than $5,000; 30 Credits for $5,000+ (up to 100 allowed in a 5-year cycle)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

     I. Establish a Music Therapy Internship Program:

    • What: Start an Internship Program! Currently, Internship programs are struggling to give their interns enough hours and some have had to suspend their internship program until the pandemic passes or indefinitely. We will need more internship programs when this is over!
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Establish a Music Therapy Internship”
    • Create + Keep: Verification from University (an MOU is great) or AMTA Approval Letter
    • Credits: 30 Credits for University-Affiliated; 50 Credits for National Roster (up to 100 allowed in a 5-year cycle)

     II. Volunteer and Give Back:

    • What: Give back to the profession and the community by serving on a board for a music therapy non-profit or a non-profit related to our field; Call your state, regional, or national music therapy rep/officer and see how you can give back or help in this time of need
    • Category of CBMT Credit: “Service to Music Therapy Profession”
    • Create + Keep: Written Summary + Verification of time from Chair or Executive Officer
    • Credits: 1 Credit per 50 minutes (up to 50 allowed in a 5-year cycle)

Best of luck to all of you during this time – we are here to help!

~ The Metro Music Therapy team 

Don’t Stop the Music!

Hello world!

Even if we can’t see you in person, please don’t stop the music! 

Did you know? “Listening to the music you love will make your brain release more dopamine, a crucial neurotransmitter for humans’ emotional and cognitive functioning.” (more here)

We have curated a list of ways that you can continue to have music in your life, and we have even included open-window singing grams.

I. TELETHERAPY & LESSONS

We now have an online platform which allows us to connect through video and audio with our clients! You do not need an account – we just send you the link to connect via email! We know that most facilities cannot have residents and clients together in the group rooms, which means everyone under your roof needs social connection now more than ever! Here is what is needed for individual teletherapy or telelesson sessions:

  • Broadband internet (15MB/second download speed and 5MB/second upload)
  • A smart device with a built-in camera and microphone (phone/tablet/laptop)
  • A family member or staff member to help support the logistics of the session (holding the device, adjusting volume, screen placement, and physical support to ensure safety)
  • Facilities: the ability to clean each device before moving from room to room (hospital steriwipes are great!)
  • We are now accepting NEW telelesson clients! If you are ready to give it a go, complete our online survey to make sure you are all squared away!

II. RECORDED MUSIC

Facilities:

  • Take a survey with your residents and find out what their favorite music is — genre, artist, decade, etc (these conversations alone will be so valuable to them!)
  • Provide this music for residents through CD players, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, etc.
  • Be sure to build in breaks while providing access to this music – sometimes too much stimulation can cause agitation
  • Here at MMT we call it the “45/15 rule” – 45 minutes of music listening, then at least a 15 minute break — music is only powerful when there are also times of silence
  • Check in on your residents often and watch for signs of agitation, over-stimulation, or strong emotional reactions. If any of these are present, ask the resident if they would like to take a break, and possibly change genres of music.
  • How do we feel about headphones and iPod programs? They are great for some purposes, just be cautious on when to use them! If your residents are already feeling isolated, they may want to listen out in the open of their room and have a staff member listen with them, as opposed to having headphones on and feeling even more isolated. Ask them their preference!

Families: Parents, now is your chance! You have total control over all of the ears in your house! 😉

  • Play your favorite music for them, play their grandparents’ favorite music for them
  • Ask them what their favorite songs are
  • Write songs together (this doesn’t have to be hard: think mad libs to a familiar song/tune!)
  • Have your kids call their friends and ask them to name their favorite songs, and then help your kids create a playlist on Amazon Music, Spotify, etc.
  • Show them how to share this playlist so their friends can listen
  • Turn pencils, pots and pans into drums and make a band
  • Have your kids call your parents and interview them about their favorite music, who they saw in concert when they were younger, and what songs became the most important to them throughout their years
  • Make a family anthology with everyone’s favorite titles and artists. The possibilities are endless, and the memories you make will be priceless. Your kids will always remember this time, and of dancing in the kitchen to their parents’ and grandparents’ favorite music – even if they “don’t like it now.” 😉

III. ALEXA!

  • Get smart! (speakers and TVs)
  • Families, sing-a-long videos and movies are fun! (Hint: they don’t have to be new movies … the movies from your childhood are great!)
  • If in a facility and your residents have access to smart TVs, you can access music apps on the tvs, and some apps or playlists even have visuals to go with the audio for added visual stimulation.
  • If you can, get smart speakers for your resident’s rooms, teach them how to ask Alexa to play their favorite hits!
  • If you need pricing and details for administrative purchase approval, these Amazon Echo Dots are small and pretty well-priced (make sure your facility has good wifi before purchasing!)
  • Set up a charging station in the activity therapy office so that all equipment is stored and charged safely; wipe each speaker down in between use

IV. OLD-FASHIONED SERENADE

  • Facilities: We know we can’t come in to your facility … but if the windows can open in your facility, or if your residents have patios that open to a common outdoor green, and you are in our service area, we will come to you from outside! An open-window singing-gram!
  • Reach out to us to find out more about scheduling a time for us to come make our rounds at your facility or home!

V. HOMESCHOOL BLUES?

Families, while your children are completing their homeschool or digital learning day assignments, play some music in the house to help ease some tension (for everyone)!

  • Play instrumental music with no lyrics (when our brains hear lyrics, they want to sing along which may be distracting while completing school work!)
  • Less can be more! Save the orchestral symphonies for another time in the day – for studying, go for simplistic (piano, guitar or strings, spa music, etc)
  • Place the speaker in a room that allows everyone to hear, but is not too loud or too close to a child studying — you’re going for background ambiance, not front-row rock concert
  • Play something that you will all like – no sense in making yourself tense while trying to help your kids relax 😉
  • Mix it up! Our brains like novelty and respond well to it; if the music becomes too predictable, our brains will begin picking up on patterns and anticipating what is coming next (a great exercise, but again, could be distracting!)

Let us know how we can continue to support you. We’re all in this together!

Your partner in good health,

Teletherapy: Check 1, 2, 3…

In an effort to continue spreading music and joy (and not germs!) to our city while minimizing in-person contact, we are now offering on-line teletherapy services for all music therapy and music lessons. AND THIS MEANS YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE IN ATLANTA TO WORK WITH US!

CURRENT CLIENTS: Complete this survey to make sure this is a viable option for you

NEW CLIENTS: We can’t wait to meet you! Please complete our client intake form here

This is an unprecedented time, so we must be creative. Luckily, music therapists are some of the most creative people on the planet!

Let us know how we can help support you this week.

Your partner in good health,

2020-03-25T20:46:34+00:00March 16th, 2020|Music Therapy, We Can Help, Wellness|

Our Story

Everyone has a story; here’s ours.

Mallory has always had a heart for helping people and loved the idea of somehow coupling her passion for music with effecting positive change in the lives of others. When entering the scene at Florida State University as a freshman Music Education major (which she thought was the closest profession to being able to pursue her two passions), Mallory quickly learned about the degree program within the school of music which was created for people just like her. Music Therapy was introduced into her world, and upon hearing about the field and the vast array of ways in which music can help others, Mallory changed her major and never looked back. After completing her Bachelor’s degree coursework, a 6-month internship in the Leon County School System, and upon graduation from FSU, Mallory and her husband moved to Atlanta to start their careers.

Mallory & Chris with the original MMT logo in 2010!

Born out of a need to add another day of work to her schedule, and combined with meeting families throughout the metro Atlanta who were ready to begin at-home music therapy services, Mallory took a leap of faith and opened the doors of Metro Music Therapy in late 2007. For the first few years of MMT’s existence, Mallory was the sole therapist on staff, running the behind-the-scenes business operations while also being the service provider, all while also working as a music therapist four days a week at an adult & geriatric inpatient psychiatric unit in Snellville, GA.

When Mallory and her husband decided to start their family in the fall of 2010, they were both surprised and abundantly blessed to find out they were expecting twins – one boy and one girl – in the spring of 2011. The anticipation of the complete overhaul on what Mallory’s day-to-day life would look like meant hiring more music therapists to staff the contracts MMT already had in place, which meant simultaneously pounding the pavement to continue getting new work for MMT’s newly hired employees.

Taking on a more administrative role after the twins were born allowed Mallory to fine tune a new set of skills, which she now uses everyday and is proud to have acquired: relentlessly advocating for the field of music therapy, networking and fostering real and positive relationships with other professionals, creating new music therapy programs for a wide variety of educational and healthcare systems in the metro Atlanta area, locating funding through grants and other resources for music therapy programs with limited budgets, and creating more and more music therapy jobs for the next generation of excited and eager music therapists.

Mallory & her family at MMT’s 10th Birthday (Fall 2017)

Mallory has purposefully created a culture and environment within MMT that is reflective of her personality and what she values most in others around her: warmth, creativity, caring, honesty, and openness. While each member of the MMT team may come from different schools and backgrounds, their goals for Metro Music Therapy are all the same: to provide top-notch music therapy services to patients and clients who are in need in the metro Atlanta area; to serve the under-served; to validate the thoughts, emotions, and feelings our clients face when facing progressive diseases and life-limiting illnesses; and to show others they have value and worth in every stage of life.

If you are looking to work with a passionate team who leverages their creativity and kindness to effect positive change in the lives of everyone they encounter, you’ve found it.

We are Metro Music Therapy, and We Can Help. 

Team MMT celebrating the New Year, 2020!

2020-03-16T16:28:59+00:00March 9th, 2020|We Can Help|

MMT & COVID-19

9/1/2020 UPDATE: MMT continues to provide ONLY teletherapy services to keep you as safe as possible. Read more here.

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Metro Music Therapy and Studio PTC are aware of the current state of hyper vigilance of COVID-19, aka “Corona Virus,” and are staying abreast of additional precautions that may need to be put into place in the near future. We feel this is a good time to let you know our plan should the virus effect you/your family, our team members, or the city of Atlanta at large.

MMT & STUDIO PTC’s STANDARD OPERATING ILLNESS POLICY (We already do this!)
Our therapists work with medically fragile clients, and we do not want to carry any illnesses to other families, infect ourselves, or our own families. Please cancel your therapy appointment if the client is sick. If your therapist is called or notified about the illness at least 12 hours before your scheduled appointment time, you will not be charged a “no-show” fee for your session. Again, it is understood that there are emergency situations and illnesses that can occur and these situations will be handled on a case to case basis. The Board of Health considers the following signs/symptoms as indications of communicable illness/disease: vomiting, diarrhea, rash/swelling, fever over 100◦, sore throat, red or running eyes. Please be sure you or the client is symptom-free for 24 hours before resuming therapy.

PREVENTION (We should all do these things now!)
If you or your loved one are sick, it is ideal and highly preferred that you cancel your therapy appointment by contacting your therapist directly with at least 12 hours’ notice; however, even short notice is better than no notice which allows our therapists to avoid unnecessary travel to and from your home or facility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a list of things that you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing • If available, soap and water should be used preferentially over hand sanitizer if hands are visibly dirty
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick (please see our current illness policy if you have any questions)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wear a face mask/covering when out in public

CURRENT PRECAUTIONS FOR OUR STAFF (Our staff already does this and will continue to do so!)
Our staff are already operating by the following precautions and procedures:

  • Washing hands before and after each session, after eating, using the restroom, touching their face, or when their hands are visibly dirty
  • Utilizing hand sanitizer in lieu of soap and water in all of the above situations only if soap and water are not present
  • Sanitizing instruments in between each session
  • Staying home and cancelling sessions if they are sick
  • Following all additional CDC standards listed in the Prevention Section above
  • If our staff arrive on-site and a client, or a client’s family member or roommate(s) are sick, our therapists have been informed that they will leave that site immediately and the caregiver/point of contact should call the therapist to resume therapy and reschedule missed appointments only when client(s) have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours

At this time, our team is only able to provide teletherapy via our accounts on a HIPAA-protected online platform. 

If you have any questions for myself or our team, please reach out any time.

Your partner in good health,

 

 

 


Mallory Even, LPMT, MT-BC, NICU MT

Owner & Director, Metro Music Therapy & Studio PTC
mallory@metromusictherapyga.com

2020-09-14T13:31:46+00:00March 3rd, 2020|We Can Help, Wellness|
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